Mr Mably stated: “The circumstances of those offences are really hideous and dreadful.
“These have been brutal, vicious and merciless assaults on a defenceless girl and three younger youngsters.
“The defendant attacked them utilizing a claw hammer which he used to hit them over the top and on the higher physique.
“It was completely clear not one of the victims stood an opportunity.”
Bendall had begun a relationship with Ms Harris about 18 months earlier than the killing. Her associates quickly turned involved by his apparent drug behavior and erratic behaviour, the courtroom heard.
On the afternoon of the homicide, Lacey, Connie and John arrange a stall within the entrance backyard to promote sweets to lift cash for Most cancers Analysis.
Police consider the assault came about shortly after 9.42pm, when John despatched his final textual content message saying he was going to take a bathe – which defined why he was discovered unclothed within the lavatory.
At 10.50pm, a name was made by Ms Harris’s telephone to the telephone of Lacey. It’s believed it was within the possession of Bendall by this level and he was making an attempt to find all units in the home.
He left the home simply after 5am and took a taxi to satisfy a drug seller, “with the defendant providing the now-dead John’s Xbox to the drug seller in change for medication”, stated Mr Mably.
The taxi driver requested how his evening was, to which Bendall replied: “Yeah, not too unhealthy, bit mad.”
Requested why, he replied: “Bit loopy, but it surely’s alright.”
He was then requested what he had been as much as and responded: “Simply chilling with the household.”
Murders ‘inexplicable and motiveless’
Simply after 7am, Bendall rang his mom and informed her of his crimes. Audio from the police body-cam – however not video – was performed to the courtroom on Wednesday and captured the horrified response of officers as they entered the blood-drenched home and found 4 our bodies.
Forensic consultants have been unable to find out through which order Bendall attacked the household and Connie, however concluded Lacey had positively been moved from the unique website of her assault in the lounge to the main bedroom.
Mr Mably stated there was a “robust inference” that Bendall had additionally raped Lacey in the lounge in addition to the bed room.
In a police interview after his arrest, Bendall informed officers at Ripley police station: “The entire home is roofed in claret.
“I used the hammer.
“I didn’t realise what I did till I walked into my room and noticed my missus and my daughter.”
He then added: “Guess you don’t often get 4 murders in Killamarsh, do you? Properly, 5 (murders), as a result of my missus was having a child.”
Mr Mably informed Mr Justice Sweeney that the Crown can be in search of a complete life time period for Bendall, given the gravity of the offences.
He stated: “In view of all this, the prosecution’s submission as to condemn is that the seriousness of the offending is so exceptionally excessive, it falls into the class of case that requires the imposition of an entire life order, somewhat than a minimal time period.”
Vanessa Marshall KC stated her consumer agreed he needs to be handed a complete life order. She stated Bendall had constantly claimed to haven’t any reminiscence of the assault.
“Even with the suggestion that he was controlling and coercive in the direction of Terri Harris, his actions that evening stay largely inexplicable and motiveless,” she stated.
In a sufferer influence assertion learn to the courtroom, Jason Bennett, father of John and Lacey, stated: “The homicide of my youngsters has destroyed and brought my life away.”
Charles Gent, father of Connie, stated in his assertion: “The homicide of my daughter, Connie, has utterly torn my life aside. I really feel like I’ve turn into a misplaced soul making an attempt to navigate my method by means of life with out her right here.”
Angela Smith, Ms Harris’s mom, described in her assertion how Lacey and John would sometimes inform her that they have been terrified of monsters.
“I might inform them there was no such factor as monsters,” she stated. “How fallacious I used to be.”